SGS provides Efficacy-Testing and Claim-Support for Skin Care Cosmetics

Scientific substantiation of efficacy claims of cosmetic products is required by national and international authorities.
March 19, 2012 - PRLog -- Scientific substantiation of efficacy claims of cosmetic products is required by national and international authorities. SGS recently launched a laboratory in Germany dedicated to measuring important parameters associated with skin-care products, such as skin moisturizing (Corneometer®), skin barrier integrity (Tewameter®), wrinkle-reduction (PRIMOS®) and deodorant efficiency (sniff-test). In addition, dermatology studies form a part of the new SGS laboratory testing portfolio.

Worldwide, consumer organizations and the cosmetics industry make sure that their products are safe (skin compatible) and effective (they actually provide the declared/labeled function). Claims of product efficacy such as “anti-aging”, “moisturizing” and “wrinkle-reduction” require factual scientific substantiation with state-of-the-art measurement and analysis. These include dermatological investigations of skin compatibility (human patch tests), anti-pimple efficacy (also Sebumeter®) and anti-dandruff efficacy (also VisioScan®). In addition, an ophthalmologist investigates the eye-compatibility of decorative cosmetics.

Many of these tests and studies call for strictly controlled conditions of temperature and humidity both before (acclimatization period) and during measurements. That is why the new SGS test lab is climate controlled with narrow tolerances of 22 ± 1°C and 50 ± 5 % relative humidity. Combining apparative testing with an optional detailed research questionnaire, which provides galenic parameters, cosmetic acceptance, compatibility and efficacy scores, the consumers’ opinion about the products can be considered as well (market performance).

About SGS Cosmetics Solutions

Equipped with proven expertise in cosmetics testing (, auditing and certification worldwide, SGS offers a broad range of services to help you check the safety, quality and performance of your products and systems and to protect your brand. SGS helps you verify your cosmetics’ compliance with the requirements of applicable cosmetic regulations and other relevant legislation, including REACH, Cosmetic GMP, CMRs, aerosol, hazardous substances, etc. SGS can also verify the compliance of your products and manufacturing processes with various social and environmental standards.

For more details about compatibility and efficacy testing of all kinds of cosmetics, please contact the SGS Cosmetics experts:

SGS Consumer Testing Services
Dr. Anil Jain
Head of Hair & Skin Test Lab
SGS Germany

t: +49 6128 744 149

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 70,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,350 offices and laboratories around the world.

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